"Two Edisons for Fay Claassen."Jazzism, 17-8-2018
Luck Child is het meest persoonlijke en meest emotionele album van Edison-winnares Fay Claassen. Met dit 8ste album, onder eigen regie, interpreteert de internationaal befaamde zangeres op haar eigen onnavolgbare manier haar absolute lievelingsliedjes, zoals Paul McCartney’s Blackbird, Paul Simon’s One Trick Pony, maar ook Cinema Paradiso van Ennio Morricone en Billie Holiday’s God Bless The Child.
Duke Ellington influenced millions of people both around the world and at home. He gave American music its own sound for the first time. In his fifty year career, he played over 20,000 performances in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East as well as Asia.
Simply put, Ellington transcends boundaries and fills the world with a treasure trove of music that renews itself through every generation of fans and music-lovers. His legacy continues to live onand will endure for generations to come. Winton Marsalis said it best when he said "His music sounds like America." Because of the unmatched artistic heights to which he soared, no one deserved the phrase “beyond category” more than Ellington, for it aptly describes his life as well. He was most certainly one of a kind that maintained a llifestyle with universal appeal which transcended countless boundaries.
Duke Ellington is best remembered for the over 3000 songs that he composed during his lifetime. His best known titles include; "It Don't Mean a Thing if It Ain't Got That Swing", "Sophisticated Lady", "Mood Indigo", “Solitude", "In a Mellotone",and "Satin Doll". The most amazing part about Ellington was the most creative while he was on the road. It was during this time when he wrote his most famous piece, "Mood Indigo"which brought him world wide fame.
When asked what inspired him to write, Ellington replied, "My men and my race are the inspiration of my work. I try to catch the character and mood and feeling of my people".
Duke Ellington's popular compositions set the bar for generations of brilliant jazz, pop, theatre and soundtrack composers to come. While these compositions guarantee his greatness, whatmakes Duke an iconoclastic genius, and an unparalleled visionary, what has granted him immortality are his extended suites. From 1943's Black, Brown and Beige to 1972's The Uwis Suite, Duke used the suite format to give his jazz songs a far more empowering meaning, resonance and purpose: to exalt, mythologize and re-contextualize the African-American experience on a grand scale.
Duke Ellington was partial to giving brief verbal accounts of the moods his songs captured. Reading those accounts is like looking deep into the background of an old photo of New York and noticing the lost and almost unaccountable details that gave the city its character during Ellington's heyday, which began in 1927 when his band made the Cotton Club its home.''The memory of things gone,'' Ellington once said, ''is important to a jazz musician,'' and the stories he sometimes told about his songs are the record of those things gone. But what is gone returns, its pulse kicking, when Ellington's music plays, and never mind what past it is, for the music itself still carries us forward today.
Duke Ellington was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1966. He was later awarded several other prizes, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969, and the Legion of Honor by France in 1973, the highest civilian honors in each country. He died of lung cancer and pneumonia on May 24, 1974, a month after his 75th birthday, and is buried in theBronx, in New York City. At his funeral attendedby over 12,000 people at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Ella Fitzgerald summed up the occasion, "It's a very sad day...A genius has passed."
Two Edisons for Fay Claassen.
Jazz singer Fay Claassen is Harpers Bazaar Woman of the Week.
Harpers Bazaar, 20-7-2018
You could characterize the album as a easy-listening album with quality.
Dutch jazz vocalist Fay Claassen gives listeners to reconsider familiar pop songs in new settings on Luck Child (Challenge).
Warm toned vocalist Fay Claassen mixes tradition with modern on this album that puts a fresh coat of paint on a variety of tunes.
Jazz Weekly, 22-6-2017
I think it’s fair to say though that it wasn’t only the refreshments that were cool on Friday night as the crystal clear voice of Dutch Jazz Lady Fay Claassen, with a world class backing band to guide it, headed like an exocet missile straight into our ears and clean through to our hearts.
Simply fantastic: Fay Claassen with band feat. Paul Heller at the Schumannfest Bonn
This Dutch singer has a beautiful voice, perfectly chooses existing pieces. ....when she sings, it's perfect!
Le Soir, 17-5-2017
Yes, it has already traveled the road this Korean, French singer. With her amazing vocal qualities and the art of re-interpreting hits. Don't t forget her warm and often soft voice, bringing the music of the artists to a higher level.
Le Soir, 17-5-2017
As a singer, Claassen is simultaneously cool and warm. It’s a winning combination. She brings her own personality to familiar numbers like “God Bless The Child.” Claassen makes the traditional “Oh Shenandoah” sound fresh and modern.
Pop Culture Classics , 01-5-2017
She closes the disc with a wordlessly dreamy "Cinema Paradiso" that beautifully captures this fine singer in full flight.
All about Jazz, 16-4-2017
The calling of singing is huge
My musical palette is broad
Jazz bulletin, 01-3-2017
Wordless she sings the arrangement Finding You by Paul Heller dubbed instruments without piano, guitar and bass, totally cool.
Dr Jazz, 01-3-2017
Jazz Magazine / 27-02-2017
Jazz Magazine, 27-2-2017
... On 'Luck Child', the Dutch vocalist sings a wide range of finely arranged songs from Paul McCartney to Duke Ellington and Ennio Morricone. Always with a lot of soul and enchanting expressive power.
This voice triggers envy!
A clarity, security, strength of character and a facet richness ... Such a voice is made to sing.
MDR Broadcast Website, 15-2-2017
... Fay transforms musical highlights into warm, jazzy-elegant singing. The arrangements with piano, bass, sax and funky accompaniment of the guitars give a special mood...
With this cd, she totally re-acclaimed here name she established with her ode to Chet Baker in 2005.
Friesch Dagblad, 02-2-2017
... A successful collection of known and unknown songs, merged by Fay Claassen's voice to a homogeneous album
HiFi Stars, 01-2-2017
Op het klein gehouden Luck Child zingt Claassen zich meer dan voorheen los van haar grote voorbeelden en klinkt ze even intiem als intens.
De Volkskrant, 20-1-2017
I live for the music. I'm a musician!
Het Parool, 14-1-2017
Jazz-singer Fay Claassen releases a new album with her jazz interpretations of pop songs by Paul McCartney and Burt Bacharach.
NRC Handelsblad, 11-1-2017
Met ‘Luck Child’ belicht Claassen de lichtere kant van de muziek waarbij haar stem zoveel mogelijk de emotie zoekt.